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What’s Cooking – Dairy and Fats

Posted on June 18, 2019

In 2019, we tend to be very particular about how much fat and oil is in our daily diet. Some fat is needed for our bodies to provide energy reserves, protect our cells and help…

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What’s Cooking – Did They Have That?

Posted on June 18, 2019

What’s Cooking at Living History Farms? Quite a lot, actually! Throughout the summer, our museum demonstrates food traditions, cooking techniques, and the use of historic ingredients at many of our historic farms, houses, and shops….

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For the Love of Flowers

Posted on February 21, 2019

“I must have flowers, always, and always.” 
― Claude Monet It is February at Living History Farms. The museum is closed for general touring until May 1. Museum staffers are often asked if this is our “slow…

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Halloween in Iowa: History of Mischief

Posted on October 11, 2018

As Iowa heads into fall, our museum looks forward to the many simple pleasures the season brings us. Ripe corn, cool mornings, coffee on the woodstove, and fuzzy wool overcoats. It’s also a season for…

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